JESSICA SWANN – National Secretariat
A former journalist based in the GCC, USA and Australia, Jessica Swann has developed an international career in broadcast journalism and is the founder of Jessica Swann Consulting. With a specific focus on the MENA region and Islamic affairs, she diversifies her skills working with the Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry as the National Secretariat, is a university teacher in media studies and engages public audiences in themes central to social cohesion in the Not-For-Profit sector.
Prior to her return to Australia in 2011 with the ABC, Jessica was based in the Middle East for 7 years. In Australia she worked nationally for ABC radio and TV specialising in news and current affairs, agricultural reporting, program presenting and producing. She holds a Masters, MA Islam in the Modern World from the ANU’s College of Arab and Islamic Studies in addition to reading at the Crawford School of Public Policy in Food Security, Food Wars and Agricultural Policy.
BARBARA HAGGERTY – Executive Officer Victoria / National Export Certification and Events Manager
Barbara has been associated with the Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AACCI) for nearly 10 years. Firstly, as an active member of AACCI and serving as a Vice Chair on the Victoria Chapter Management Committee, followed by nearly four years being employed by AACCI. Barbara holds a number of key roles with AACCI: AACCI Victoria Executive Officer, National Export Certification and National Events Manager. At the commencement of her work with AACCI, she has successfully integrated AACCI Victoria onto the International Chamber House (ICH) platform, where she is an effective member of the team and collaborates with the other international chambers and business councils on initiatives and flagship events.
In her work with AACCI, Barbara’s focus has been on developing the Chamber and delivering high quality services to members.
She continually and successfully captures opportunities, delivers measured results and drives initiatives in line with organizational strategic objectives: advocacy, member services, exports document certification and cultural understanding.
Barbara’s high energy levels, positive attitude and strong track record enable her to successfully influence and develop relationships by engaging with broad range of stakeholders: from state to federal government departments, corporate organisations, industry groups and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) diplomatic & consular corps with strong focus on delivering value to members, clients and stakeholders.
Barbara holds Bachelor of Business & International Trade (Monash University), Bachelor of Business Marketing & Management (Monash University) and Masters of Marketing (Swinburne University).
KARL ARISS – Executive Officer Queensland / National Communications Manager
Given his background in leadership, project management and process improvement, Karl has over 15 years of experience in Marketing & Communication, Media, Media Sales, Advertising and Management. He has a proven history of success directing large operations and projects, delivering superb revenue growth, managing professional teams and liaising with multicultural clients and professionals from around the globe.
Karl held managerial positions with big media companies in the Middle East and GCC countries, dealing with multi-million dollars advertising budgets. Karl travelled to most of the MENA region on business assignments.
Karl has been with AACCI 4 years and he has a number of key roles within the organisation:
Executive Officer for the State of Queensland, managing all AACCI business within Queensland, and he also holds the position of National Communications Manager, managing AACCI’s national communication at all levels.
Karl holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management, specialising in Marketing, and is fluent in French, English and Arabic.
MOBINAH AHMAD – Executive Officer New South Wales
Mobinah Ahmad (BSc, BA, MA Digital Culture) is a young community leader and is actively involved in multicultural and interfaith communities across Australia. She is well known amongst Australian politicians, community leaders, media and organisations through her work in organising the largest Eid festival in Australia, ‘The Multicultural Eid Festival & Fair’. Mobinah is also the Managing Editor of a popular community news platform, AMUST which highlights positive news and brings to light issues within multicultural communities. Mobinah has extensive experience in being a social media analyst and consultant, a professional photographer and filmmaker, multimedia journalist, and event manager.
Mobinah has developed her very own socio-cultural friendship theory which went viral through a US podcast: Judge John Hodgeman – Amicus Grief and also was featured on Australian Television on ABC and Channel 10. Mobinah has also participated in being the focus of two television documentaries showcasing her Australian Muslim identity and her work for the community.
Mobinah holds a Bachelor in Science & Arts (majors: Digital Media & Psychology) and a Masters in Digital Communication & Culture where she completed a thesis on Facebook privacy, user vulnerability and Australian law from the University of Sydney. She completed the International Baccalaureate at Methodist Ladies College. Mobinah is currently completing a Masters in Islamic Studies at Charles Stuart University through the Islamic Science and Research Academy.
PHILIPPE PIERSON – Executive Officer Western Australia
Philippe Pierson was born in France in 1975. After graduating from Northeastern University in Boston with a Bachelor of International Business, Philippe worked in the US and then UK in various import/export positions for companies such as BP or L’Oreal.
In order to further his International Trade knowledge, he then graduated in 2002 from London Metropolitan University with a Masters Degree in International Trade and Transport.
After moving to Australia in 2003, he then worked in freight forwarding as Account Manager or Business Development for companies such as DHL or Panalpina. He then worked at CCIWA as a Senior International Trade Development Officer for 5 years helping companies realise their objectives in the International Trade space. After leaving CCIWA, Philippe set up his own company “Trade Consulting Pty Ltd” to help overseas companies be successful in the WA market and deliver all International Trade Trainings on behalf of CCIWA.
Philippe has now joined the Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry as their Executive Officer for WA on a part time basis.
JADE EVANS– Executive Officer South Australia